Fernando Alonso is confident that McLaren can bounce back from its miserable 2015 Formula 1 season by making “big actions” that will prevent a repeat next year.
Since reforging its partnership with Honda in 2015, McLaren has scored just 27 points to sit ninth in the constructors’ championship only ahead of Manor.
Issues with the Honda power unit have resulted in countless grid penalties for both Alonso and teammate Jenson Button across the course of the year, restricting the Spaniard to a best finish of fifth place in Hungary.
In an interview with the official F1 website, Alonso expressed his belief in McLaren’s ability to make drastic changes to remedy the issues of 2015, giving him hope of an improved season next year.
“If we can turn all our frustration into inspiration it should definitely help our learning curve,” Alonso said. “For big problems you need big actions, and that is what we are doing for next year. I am still optimistic.
“In Abu Dhabi, if we are out in Q1 it will no longer be a disappointment but bitter reality. But we know it, so we have to put things in place for next season. For big problems you need big actions, and that is what we are doing for next year.
“It is still early days for next year’s project. All our weaknesses are identified and we are working on them. We will work flat out to make sure that 2015 never happens again.”
Alonso’s most recent issues in Brazil did however spark one of the biggest social media memes that F1 has known as Twitter users photoshopped the Spaniard into a variety of different scenes with the hashtag #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe.